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Source: Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: GBP (£ Millions)


1. Data represents financial year;

2. The 2021 to 2022 figure shows spend to date

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

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Indicator description

To be included in the number of countries that have adopted and implemented investment promotion regimes, the existence of at least one type of promotion instrument (eg an investment guarantee scheme) would be sufficient. The Manufacturing Africa programme fulfills this requirement.

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

GBP (£ Millions)


Investment promotion regimes can be defined as those instruments that directly aim at encouraging outward or inward foreign investment through particular measures of the home or host countries of investment.

The Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are defined by the United Nations based on Gross National Income (GNI) per capita. A list of the current LDCs can be found on the OECD website.

Available disaggregations

No calculations were performed.

Other information

Manufacturing Africa, formerly the Invest Africa programme, is a £100 million initiative that aims to increase foreign direct investment (FDI) into manufacturing in Africa. It does so by working with developing-country governments, international investors, buyers, and financiers – including from the UK. Over 10 years the programme will help create 90,000 jobs and generate £1.2 billion of new FDI. It will support developing countries to industrialise, produce higher value-added goods, and thereby transform their economies, creating high quality job opportunities for the poor.

The programme operates in 7 countries – this currently includes Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal and Cote D’Ivoire. This feeds into the Global Britain agenda – building wider and deeper global markets that will benefit the UK.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 03 December 2021
Metadata last updated 03 December 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

Number of countries that adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for developing countries, including the least developed countries

Target name

Adopt and implement investment promotion regimes for least developed countries

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier II

UN custodian agency

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

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Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)



Earliest available data

2018 to 2019

Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 10 September 2021
Next release

To be announced

Statistical classification

Official statistics

Contact details

Other information

For more information on the project refer to the Documents tab